Awesome Zero Energy Solar Powered House Design

Posted on December 23, 2014 by Ryan Brown | 0 Comments

Zero Energy Solar House Design

snøhetta's tilted zero energy house completed in norway

In a continued effort to produce ecologically conscious structures, the research center on zero emission buildings and design office snøhetta partnered up to develop a pilot house near the norwegian town of larvik. now completed, the dwelling serves as a platform for assisting knowledge of ‘plus houses’, which produce more energy than they use. the demonstration residence’s distinctive tilt towards the southeast instigates its environmental performance, with a sloped roof surface clad in photovoltaic panels. the solar energy collectors are complemented by geothermal wells on the site, resulting in a total gain able to service the house with surplus to power an electric car year-round.

The house’s performance is instigated with its tilt to the southeast, with photo-voltaic panels integrated on the roof
photo © bruce damonte

to reach its classification goals, the project is required to document and verify at least 100% CO2 offsetting, with building integrated technological systems negating carbon emissions incurred from burning of fossil fuels. for its novel efforts, the ZEB pilot house has been nominated for the ‘the european union prize for contemporary architecture – mies van der rohe award 2015‘. For more information on the ZEB pilot house, see here for our previous article prior to the dwelling’s completion.

A stone wall props the volume up while serving to stabilize thermal changes.

In consideration of the dwelling’s emotive and livable qualities, the design sought to retain many home-like elements that are generally non-quantifiable. this includes the spatial layout, daylighting, surrounding garden site, and inclusion of a pool (heated by building integrated generation systems).

Large fins shade the house’s upper story windows.

The dwelling is arranged around an outdoor courtyard clad in brick and stacked logs.

Large sliding glass doors connect both the living room and kitchen to the outdoor patio.


A sky-lit staircase passes by the central brick wall.

The house’s bedrooms are located on the upper level.

Environmental performance diagram. 



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